Ecclestone vows to scrap standing restarts
30 July 2014 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to remove standing restarts from the 2015 regulations, just over a month after the rule was ratified at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
The change would see standing restarts follow on from Safety Car periods, providing more than two laps have passed from the start of the race – or any given restart – and that there are over five laps left to run.
But speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Auto Motor und Sport after the Hungarian Grand Prix, which featured two Safety Car phases, Ecclestone said the plan will be scrapped and the current system retained.
"There will be no standing start after a Safety Car phase. What we saw in Budapest was good enough," he said.
Ecclestone moved to ease fears over future rule changes, with his view that only small tweaks are required.
"We just want to operate fine tuning," he went on to explain. "All the stupid and unnecessary rules that have been added in recent years, it should be no more. I want a World Championship of drivers, not of engineers."